What Is Harmonizing?Okay, okay, I'm sure most of you here already know what harmonizing is. But, I am here to educate, so for those of you who don't know, read closely. Harmonizing is playing a different set of notes on top of one set of notes to create what is called harmony. Now, harmony can be attained by experimenting with many different types of harmonization. Sorry, am I not clear enough? Don't worry, there's more.
What Harmony Sounds Good?Well, there are many different types of intervals you can experiment with that will create good harmony with your original set of notes. What's an interval, you ask? An interval is the distance between two different notes. These intervals also have names. Here are a few common intervals you may or may not already know of:
Choosing Which Intervals To UseWell, this is easier said than done. Whichever intervals you want to use are completely up to you. Just don't get too crazy, for not all intervals sound good to harmonize with, especially depending on the key of your song. But, you can always use your knowledge of keys and intervals to your advantage. Let's say your song is in a minor key. Then it would be smart to use, say, minor thirds to harmonize with, right? Major intervals in a major key, you get the point. And never be afraid to switch around. Go from minor thirds to octaves, go from major thirds to perfect fifths... you never know what brilliant harmony you may produce.
Where Do I Use Harmony?The brilliant thing about harmony is that is sounds great nearly anywhere. Your rhythm parts can be harmonized, your solos can be harmonized... you could have a song with absolutely no harmony except for the bridge. Maybe just the intro. Maybe just the outro. No matter where you harmonize, your listeners will never cringe at the effect, you simply can't go wrong with it! Alright, I know what you're thinking, and I'm way ahead of you there.
What Songs Using Harmonizing Could I Practice To?Hey, before you get to actually writing harmony parts, you're going to want to know a few beforehand, right? I know how you feel. I think I can muster up a few songs to which you can "jam" and learn a few things.
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